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  • 4/3/2024 3:00 PM CDT
  • 4/24/2024 4:00 PM CDT
  • 3/3/2024 11:45 PM CST
  • Virtual
  • Carson Block

Modern archives depend on technology, but managing the IT aspects have become a growing challenge for all of us, whether it's working successfully with others (such as campus IT departments, vendors and others), handling tech needs on our own, or making strategic technology decisions with confidence. Although technology is ever-changing, there are some management fundamentals that remain the same in a world of churn. 

Based on the instructor's curriculum created for the American Library Association's Certified Public Administrator's Program and the You Can Do I.T. Technology Academy from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, this class is aimed to equip learners with practical frameworks and solutions.

This course will be held via the SAA Zoom platform from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (each day) U.S. central time on Wednesdays. It is four (4) sessions scheduled in all for the following dates.

April 03, 2024

April 10, 2024

April 17, 2024 and

April 24, 2024

Class consists of 4 formal lessons over a period of 4 weeks, starting the first week of April.

Class lessons are pre-recorded to allow flexibility in reviewing. Each lesson is supported by a live session with the instructor called “Office Hour” the week the lesson is released. Each week's lesson/pre-recordings/handouts will be posted after 9am U.S. CT on Mondays. The first pre-recorded lesson will be available to registrants the first week of April 2024.

Participants are encouraged to bring questions, thoughts, and other discussion items of their choosing to the Office Hour session. Office hour is scheduled via zoom.

Instructor bio:

Carson Block is a technology consultant with services to libraries and archives including strategic planning, project management, design, construction and teaching. He's been called a "Geek who speaks English" and occasionally compared to Ferris Bueller and Calvin (and Hobbes). Carson is dead serious about the essential and positive community impacts of archives and libraries and focuses his consulting practice on helping institutions increase their capacity to serve people. Carson has served in leadership positions in ALA ASCLA, ColoradoPLA and others, and evangelizes libraries to SXSW Interactive and other tech communities. Carson is the author of Managing Library Technology: A LITA Guide (Rowman & Littlefield). http://www.carsonblock.com/

Upon completion of this course, you will:

  • Increase your understanding of fundamental technology assessment and management approaches that remain constant in an ever-changing world.
  • Explore strategies and techniques for relationship management and communications strategies around technology, including “how to talk I.T.” and advocate for the needs of archives.
  • Understand strategies for technology project planning, project budgeting and developing a framework of criteria for selection of technology platforms.

Fees: Advance / Regular: 

SAA Members: $239 / $289

Employees of SAA Member Institutions: $299 / $339

Nonmembers: $339 / $399